Fugitive shot dead was wanted for murder, shooting at wife

Jose Baca-Olivares, 58, shot after pulling gun as officers closed in on him

By Mariah Medina - Digital Journalist, Eddie Latigo - Photojournalist

SAN ANTONIO - A man wanted on four felony warrants, including for homicide and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, was shot dead Wednesday after he pulled out a gun and fired off one shot as the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force tried to take him into custody.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Chris Bozeman said that authorities with the task force approached the wanted man in a parking lot in the 2700 block of San Luis Street on the city's West Side. As they closed in on him, he pulled out a firearm and fired off one shot, Bozeman said. U.S. marshals returned fire, according to Bozeman.

San Antonio police identified the man shot dead Wednesday as 58-year-old Jose Baca-Olivares, who was wanted for murder and shooting two others.

Bozeman said it's unclear if Baca-Olivares shot himself or if he was shot and killed by officers. 

Baca-Olivares was wanted on a homicide warrant, two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one charge of continuous family violence.

Shortly after the shooting, Baca-Olivares' daughter, Jocelyn Baca, talked with KSAT sharing mixed emotions about the shooting.

"I'm not really sure. I’m confused, sad, angry. I just, I don't know. It's my father but yet the person who tried to kill my mother. So, I'm at a loss for words," Baca said.

She said her mother is fine and "taking it as any person would."

"I'm just glad my mother has peace. She's not a worried 24/7 (about) if (Baca-Olivares) was going to come back for her. That's all that's really helping me now. It's just to know she'll be fine," Baca said.

Bozeman said the task force's work is often dangerous, as they apprehend people wanted for committing high-profile crimes. He said officers took into consideration their surroundings when making the arrest.

"Whenever we conduct our investigations and, of course, that we go to make an arrest, we do it in the safest way possible," Bozeman said. "At that particular time, when they were taking that person into custody, all of those parameters were taken into consideration – as far as the public safety, as far as the safety of the task force officers and even the safety of the fugitive."

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